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Morning Brew: Toronto really is Canada's most hated city, feds say no to safe guards on trucks, CityPlace feared to be a future ghetto, chickens could be coming to a backyard near you?, and The Ritz-Carlton allows employees to wear poppies

Not that we weren't aware of this simple truth already, but now it's a fact: Canadians really hate Toronto. A survey of over 2,000 Canadians, conducted by LegĂŠr Marketing, has concluded that Toronto is the least liked city in the country, with 20 per cent of respondents giving Hogtown the big flip-off.

In more frustrating news, the call to bring in legislation for safe guards on trucks in wake of Jenna Morrison's death, has been rejected by the federal government. According to Transport Canada, they haven't "found enough research data indicating that side guards would be effective in Canada. Studies completed don't provide sufficient evidence to move forward with a regulation." The fight for a compromise in the cyclist vs. motorist battle rages on.

There's been a lot of talk about CityPlace lately. When the city's largest residential development, cut off from downtown highways and rail transportation, starts to age, The Grid ponders its probable fate as the next ghetto. What do you think?

Could we be using chickens as compost machines in our backyards anytime soon? Well, the scenario isn't all that unlikely, according to Toronto's leading urban agtivist, Lorraine Johnson, who believes that by having city livestock consume human food scraps could end up saving the city from suffocating in waste. Even the Toronto Environment Office is currently drafting a report for the Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee in hopes of changing the prohibited-animal bylaw so that a chicken could be coming to a garage near you.

This is awfully nice of the Ritz-Carlton. Apparently now their employees are allowed to wear poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day. Initially, wearing the flower on their wardrobe was against corporate policy and was likened to growing out a moustache for Movember. How uncouth! But the decision was ultimately reversed this week.


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